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Thunder Over Dover 2019 celebrates Air Force heritage, future

A C-5M Super Galaxy sits on the flight line during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The event featured over 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A C-5M Super Galaxy sits on the flight line during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The event featured over 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

An F-22 Raptor performs an aerial demonstration for the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 13, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The F-22 Raptor Demo Team travels to air shows showcasing the capabilities of the world’s premier 5th generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

An F-22 Raptor performs an aerial demonstration for the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 13, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The F-22 Raptor Demo Team travels to air shows showcasing the capabilities of the world’s premier 5th generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

A member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team lands after a twilight jump at the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 13, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The team performed several jumps during the event to demonstrate various skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

A member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team lands after a twilight jump at the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 13, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The team performed several jumps during the event to demonstrate various skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

A C-5M Super Galaxy flies over the crowd  during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The event featured over 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

A C-5M Super Galaxy flies over the crowd during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The event featured over 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II taxis past spectators during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The A-10, also known as the �Warthog,� was designed for close air support against enemy ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II taxis past spectators during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The A-10, also known as the �Warthog,� was designed for close air support against enemy ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

An F-22 Raptor and P-51 Mustang fly side-by-side during the heritage flight Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This year's Thunder Over Dover Air Show featured more than 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

An F-22 Raptor and P-51 Mustang fly side-by-side during the heritage flight Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This year's Thunder Over Dover Air Show featured more than 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A family watches the F-22 Raptor aerial demonstration during the first day of the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show Sept. 14, 2019, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Spectators came to the base to see aerial performances and static displays and speak with local Airmen about their role in providing rapid global airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A family watches the F-22 Raptor aerial demonstration during the first day of the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show Sept. 14, 2019, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Spectators came to the base to see aerial performances and static displays and speak with local Airmen about their role in providing rapid global airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A World War II era B-25 Mitchell “Panchito” bomber flies over the crowd during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 13, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The show featured aerial performances from military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

A World War II era B-25 Mitchell “Panchito” bomber flies over the crowd during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 13, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The show featured aerial performances from military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

The Trojan Thunder T-28 Demonstration Team flies past the tail of a C-5M Super Galaxy during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover, Sept. 15, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The T-28 is a piston-engine military trainer aircraft designed in the late 1940s to replace the T-6 Texan as the military's primary two-seat trainer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

The Trojan Thunder T-28 Demonstration Team flies past the tail of a C-5M Super Galaxy during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover, Sept. 15, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The T-28 is a piston-engine military trainer aircraft designed in the late 1940s to replace the T-6 Texan as the military's primary two-seat trainer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

An F-22 Raptor performs a high-speed flyover during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 13, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The F-22 Raptor Demo Team travels to air shows showcasing the capabilities of the world’s premier 5th generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
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An F-22 Raptor performs a high-speed flyover during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 13, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The F-22 Raptor Demo Team travels to air shows showcasing the capabilities of the world’s premier 5th generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. --

Approximately 40,000 people visited Dover AFB for the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show and Open House Sept. 14-15, 2019.

The event featured more than 20 aerial performances from multiple military and civilian performers, as well as dozens of static displays of the Air Force’s most iconic aircraft for spectators to view up-close.

“Thanks for being a part of this with us,” said Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander, during the second day’s opening ceremony. “Please remember, Dover Air Force Base is your air force base. Introduce yourselves to our Airmen; they’re excited to tell you about what they do.”

The theme of this year’s air show was “Honoring our Heritage … Forging the Future,” showcasing historic aircraft from the Air Force’s 72-year aviation history, as well as from its current inventory, to include fifth-generation fighter jets.

“We have representation of our early air power, ranging from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict and on to present day air power,” said Lt. Col. John Trombetta, 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show director. “We’ve brought in a bunch of military air acts and civilian air acts. We (also) have military ground displays and a bunch of civilian displays.”

The featured act of this year’s show was the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team. Maj. Paul “Loco” Lopez performed a variety of aerial maneuvers, demonstrating the cutting-edge warfighting capabilities of the Air Force’s premier fifth generation fighter aircraft.

Other military aerial performances included the C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III, hallmarks of the Team Dover mission, and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team, the Black Daggers.

Several civilian aerial performers also participated in the air show. Col. Bruce Heinlein, Civil Air Patrol Mid-Atlantic Region commander, performed flybys in a C-182. Jacquie B. Warda and others, including Grant Nielsen, RJ Gritter and John Klatt, executed gravity-defying loops and rolls in various aircraft.

Along with showcasing airpower, the event was Dover AFB’s way to say “thank you” for the community’s continued support.

Safranek reiterated the inclusiveness of the community when mentioning ‘Team Dover.’ Their unfailing support and dedication to Dover AFB Airmen allows us to continue delivering Rapid Global Airlift anytime, anywhere.